AMERICAN BASE BALL CLUB. [spine title]. Baseball Player Ledger.


[1920]. 151 ll of printed/lined ledger pages, numbered identically on facing pages. Printed column headings to leaf verso: Date / Player / From Club / Agreement / Class / Cost / Exchange / Remarks. Printed column headings to leaf recto: Date / Player / To Club / Agreement / Price / Exchange / Remarks. Folio. 14-1/4" x 15-1/4". Commercial full-leather ledger, manufactured by Wm. H. Hoskins, "Blank Book Makers", 904 and 906 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Metal clasp. Blue marbled paper eps. Binding well worn, with joints starting. Lacking bottom half of clasp. 1st 9 leaves excised. Many names overlaid with large check mark. Good only. Item #42904

An interesting, quite possibly unique, surviving artifact [we deduce to be] from the Philadelphia Athletics, recording player transactions from the early 1920s. From the 1921 Philadelphia Athletics roster [source: baseball-almanac dot com] of 36 players, we find over 20 individuals documented herein. For example, Walter "Lefty" Wolf played just one year, 1921, appearing in only 8 games with the Athletics, and on p. 13r we find him listed as a "Independent. Free Agent. For signing." Another example, Ralph "Cy" Perkins was a catcher for the team [1917 - 30], who appears on p. 21l. Frank Brazill, p. 14L, played for the Athletics in 1921 & 1922, where the remarks read: "To Atlanta - Agreement Apr 10/20" above which is inked, "Returned".

Overall, over 175 names are listed [a few twice... different seasons?], with many having explanatory remarks such as source, contract costs, trades, etc.

A wonderful primary informational source for the early 20th C. baseball historian.

Price: $2,475.00

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